Scholarships and Financial Awards

Overview

RIT College of Science offers scholarships and financial awards for current students. All returning students are invited to apply for internal scholarships, in addition to, the ones they received as first-year students. The following scholarships are available to continuing students with eligibility criteria listed below for each one.

Alumni Endowed Academic Scholarship

Established in 2004, the College of Science Alumni Endowed Academic Scholarship was created to recognize students who demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities.

Call for Applications emailed to all students: February 

Deadline for Applications: March 15 (11:59 pm)

Award Winners Announced: April 30

  • Must be a graduate or undergraduate student enrolled full-time in RIT's College of Science.
  • Must demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities.
  • Must be a student in good academic standing.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Applicants should submit an essay, no more than 500 words, that includes the following topics:

  • Why do you feel you are qualified for this award?
  • How has your leadership involvement and/or community service impacted upon your own personal development and the enhancement of campus life at RIT?
  • What skills have you utilized in your community service or leadership position(s)?
  • What significant contributions have you been able to make in your service/leadership role? To your organization? To your executive board members or your committee members?

Dr. Andy Langner Endowed Fund

The Dr. Andy Langner Endowed Fund was established in 2011 in memory of chemistry professor Andy Langner to acknowledge student nominees that demonstrate resiliency and tenacity during difficult or challenging circumstances.

Call for Applications emailed to all students: February 

Deadline for Applications: March 15 (11:59 pm)

Award Winners Announced: April 30

Income from this endowment will be used to support educational experiences of students enrolled in degree programs in COS. Examples of how the funds may be used include, but are not limited to stipends for students engaged in research, supplies and equipment for student research, and student travel to conferences. Preference will be given to students who serve as inspirations to faculty and fellow students or who demonstrate resiliency and tenacity during difficult or challenging circumstances. This endowed fund is not for scholarships.

Preference will be given to student nominees who demonstrate resiliency and tenacity during difficult or challenging circumstances.

  • Must be a graduate or undergraduate student enrolled full-time in RIT’s College of Science.
  • Must have at least 1 year remaining at RIT. Must be a student in good academic standing.
  • A resume.
  • A personal statement which describes how the student has persevered difficult circumstances and challenges.
  • A support letter from one faculty member.

John Wiley Jones Award

Each year, one student from each of the five academic units of the College of Science are chosen for the John Wiley Jones Outstanding Students in Science based on their academic achievements, citizenship, and contributions to the quality of campus life.

Call for Applications: February 

Deadline for Applications: March 15

Award Winners Announced: April 30

Students eligible for this award have:

  • Completed their third year of study in a program.
  • A distinguished academic record.
  • Made notable contributions to the RIT community.

Nominations should include supporting documentation such as letters of support, a resume or brief biography of the student, and any other evidence of the student’s qualifications.

Steven M. Wear Endowed Graduate Fellowship

The Steven M. Wear Endowed Graduate Fellowship was established in 2018 to provide graduate student support for College of Science MS and Ph.D. candidates.

Call for Applications emailed to all students: February 

Deadline for Applications: March 15 (11:59 pm)

Award Winners Announced: April 30

Income from this endowment will be used to support educational experiences of graduate students enrolled in M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in COS (BS/MS students must have the BS portion of the degree certified). Examples of how the funds may be used include, but are not limited to, stipends for graduate students engaged in research, supplies and equipment for graduate student research, and graduate student travel to conferences.

  • Must be a graduate student currently enrolled full-time in an RIT College of Science M.S. or Ph.D. program.
  • BS/MS students: the BS portion of the degree must be certified.
  • Must have at least one year remaining at RIT.
  • Must be a student in good academic standing.
  • A resume.
  • A statement describing how the funds will support and enhance the graduate student experience (stipends, research, travel).
  • A support letter from one faculty member.

Pre-Vet Financial Support Award

prevet student with dogThe College of Science is accepting applications for the 2022 Lt. Col. Mary Ann Latosi Jernigan USAF, Retired Endowed Pre-Vet Student Support Fund.

Lt. Col. Mary Ann Latosi Jernigan USAF, Retired, is a 1965 RIT College of Business alumna, receiving a BS degree in Food Service Administration. Lt. Col. Jernigan served on active duty from 1966-1986. She was assigned to five different major Air Force Commands where her duties included but were not limited to, hospital dietician, Air Force dietitian internship clinical instructor, and regional hospital and medical center food service director.

As an animal lover, Lt. Col. Jernigan established this student support fund to help with the protection and care of wild and domestic air, land, and sea animals. The fund will support students pursuing educational advancement in veterinary medicine. Funding is intended to address costs associated with, but not limited to, books, application fees, required standardized examinations, travel and incidental needs for interviews, professional conferences, and undergraduate research.

All materials, including the recommendation letter, must be received by the College of Science through the online form here. Applications are reviewed and awards are made twice annually – in the Fall and Spring terms. All requests must be made at least one month in advance of when the funds are needed.

  • Open to students of any major who are pursuing careers in veterinary medicine.
  • Registered member with the RIT Pre-Vet Club in good academic standing (>3.0GPA).
  • Extra consideration will be given to students who serve, have served or are related to those who served in the military.
  • Current resume (with degree program, extracurricular activities, community service, etc.)
  • Brief statement, limited to 300 words, describing your interest in protecting and caring for animals and how you would use the funds to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.
  • Letter of recommendation from one individual of your choice who can speak to your interest in veterinary medicine and qualifications for this award.
  • Post-award, recipients are expected to author a short note of gratitude to Lt. Col. Jernigan explaining how the award made a difference in their pursuit of a veterinary career.